On Tuesday alone, US drone attacks targeted suspected militants killed some 15 persons in the village of Dargah Mandi village on the outskirts of Miranshah, N. Waziristan’s main city.It's OUR war, but it's THEIR secret - The White House is not giving any details of yesterday's meeting on our AfPak war. But one thing IS known... our strategy has failed completely and dramatically.
The drone strikes have targeted fighters of the Haqqani network, one of five or so major insurgent groups fighting against the US & NATO presence in Afghanistan and against the Karzai government. Jalaluddin Haqqani is one of Ronald Reagan’s “Freedom Fighters,” who battled the Soviet occupiers of Afghanistan in the 1980s with American aid. [In Full]
US ‘Non-Combat’ Mission in Iraq: Heavily Armed US Troops Clash with Insurgents
Tuesday, 14 September 2010
by Jason Ditz
US troops, which officials are forever reminding us are in Iraq purely in a non-combat role, engaged in heavy combat again yesterday, underscoring the realities of a war that is still going on in everything but name.
The exact details of the fighting were kept somewhat quiet yesterday, but today reports came out of heavily armed US troops, wielding machine guns and firing mortars, attacking insurgents who responded by throwing hand grenades. One US soldier was wounded.
Spokesmen referred to this as “assisting and advising” but in any sane world it would have another name: combat. The details of the official explanation, peppered with the words “advise” and “assist” to the point of almost absurdity, suggest another thing — that the US is still very much taking the lead here.
US forces “advised” the leaders on strategy, US soldiers fired the mortars, US warplanes bombed the entrenched insurgents. Seemingly the only reason the Iraqi troops were on hand at all was so they could claim the whole thing was something other than the continuation, as always, of the US war in Iraq. [In Full]
SEIU’s California State Council – arguably the leaders of the state’s most powerful union – announced the union’s support of California’s Proposition 19 for marijuana legalization. SEIU has 700,000 members in California.
A ballot measure to make California the first state to legalize the sale and use of marijuana has won the support of one of the state’s most powerful union, officials said Monday, offering the proposition a shot of mainstream legitimacy as well as a potential financial and organizational lift.
The decision by the executive board of the Service Employees International Union of California will be announced in the next few days, according to officials who have been briefed about it but were not allowed to speak publicly before it was announced. [...]
The measure is quickly emerging as one of the top — and most contentious — ballot issues in the nation this November. Polls show that it has the support of a slight majority of voters. But political analysts said that this kind of measure, given the social stigma that comes with illicit drug use, could prove difficult to poll.
At the very least, the support by the S.E.I.U., which claims over 700,000 members in the state, could make it easier for other groups to rally around the measure... [In Full]
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